Loyalty, a word that in many hearts rings with warmth and great value. A quality that can be found in individuals who invokes endearment and appreciation from individuals who are the recipient of it’s expressions. A quality that is “part and parcel” to true friendship. In reality, I’d say that without this, true friendship is lost. For how can true friendship stand if there is no trust or reliability, and loyalty is the very basis of trust. There can be love in a relationship without loyalty being expressed by all partners, but there cannot be a love relationship. Meaning this, that in relationships it is often sadly true that love (that is expressed in loyalty) does not go both ways. For love as a mutually reciprocating thing then loyalty much be found practiced by all.
Loyalty is defined by a very common dictionary as “feelings of allegiance”. But does loyalty only go so far as feelings? Do feelings of allegiance alone constitute loyalty? I think not. Yes, I might feel that most of us would say that loyalty has feelings of allegiance, however with out actions that spring forth from allegiance shouldn’t it be stated that the emotions are incredibly shallow? Therefore we discover that loyalty would be to stand in allegiance to another one within both feeling and action. But, what is the highest type of loyalty? I might say it is far from simply to uphold another, but to stand by them to the final that truth might prevail. A good example of the negative side of this is the many who were very loyal to Hitler’s Germany, but in the end would you say their loyalty was a good or perhaps a profitable thing? In like manner, our loyalties at life’s end will be judged whether these people were based on the truth or otherwise not. Sad to state I am afraid the loyalties of many will never be found to the praise of Christ.
Undoubtedly loyalty as been exemplified in men’s lives since the starting of creation. But I hold that there has only ever been one man who has perfectly exemplified loyalty, and that is certainly Jesus the Righteous. How did He prove this? What actions of His life are recorded that bare the witness that His life alone perfectly exemplifies a lifetime of the purest loyalties?
Firstly, He was loyal to His Father, who was the one which commissioned (sent) Him to the world. He ever obeyed the word (commandment) of His Father. This can be seen in that He humbled Himself to create aside His deity, to then be located in the fashion of any man who came into the world being a baby born of a virgin woman to live among a poor and oppressed people. He grew looking for the method of His Father, to live out His earthly ministry, to become delivered to a location of rejection and betrayal by all men. Then to get condemned to some humiliating trial, brutalization, and death, and every one of this was on the command of His father. In order that He could be end up being the savior which was required to express the passion for God to a lost creation, supplying the salvation that men needed. Oh, the way i am thankful that He was loyal, towards the very bitter end of His natural life.
Secondly, He (Christ) was (and that i believe is, and definately will ever be) faithful to His very own word and oath. We have seen this primary in that He kept His oath for the Father because He completely played the element of becoming savior to all men. This really is observed in Psalms 40: 6-8, (KJV) “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not necessary. Then said I, Lo, I come; in the level of the ebook it really is written of me, I delight to accomplish thy will O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” Christ’s loyalty to His Father, obeying Him to the point of death can also be established by the testimony of the writer of Hebrews 12:2b (KJV), “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,…..” He Then rose from the dead while he said He would. He sent the baptism from the Holy Spirit while he said He would. He gave gifts unto men (the ascension offices of the New Testament Church) as He said He would. He’s alive in Heaven making intercession for many Believers while he should certainly be. He should come again to receive Their own unto Himself, and during those times to evaluate both righteous and the wicked, even while He stated He would. He or she is faithful to His word, and in so doing He is loyal to all men.
Thirdly, Christ was and is also faithful to His brethren. This television is encapsulated in the first and second loyalties of Christ’s heart. In that He is faithful to the Father and also to Himself, He could not but assistance to be loyal to His brothers and sisters yet in the world. Just how can this be proven? I would personally say it is extremely easily proven because They have never lied to, or abandoned His own. I do not feel that there is certainly person who can honestly state that Christ has never kept His word to His own. In my opinion that most the promises of God (Christ) work for us, when we work them correctly.
There is only one way. It is found in staying in Christ, and then in using Christ. Through the operation of faith receiving Him since the savior and sovereign of one’s life. Through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, which creates in the Believer a new inner man. The one that is not fashioned following this world as well as its ways, but is fashioned after the one that calls us from above. Beyond these, the actions of loyalty are learned through the renewing of our minds, where we learn how to fashion our habits following the habits of Jesus. Towards the extent we are going to do this, we are going to be shown to be loyal, first for the Lord, then to men around us, according to the various relationships that we expertise in this mortal life. Within this the fact is the realization of the failure of our own nation’s people as expressed in the way we have rejected God inside our schools, within our churches, within our government and institutions. For in so doing our company is increasingly more being a people where our citizens lack love for their neighbors. This produces a self serving people, a people who have fewer types of true and noble loyalty. That is why we tyjanm a divorce rate of nearly 70%, why we now have murdered nearly 40 million babies through “legalized” abortion, why most any where in America you can open a mobile phone book switching to the Yellow Pages and discover page after page of attorneys being listed. And how can this be? This is due to our company is a nation filled with litigation. Neighbor suing neighbor in courts of law. The truest form of loyalty are only able to is going to be found where Christ is received as the center of men’s lives.
I would repeat the greatest enemy of loyalty to God and our neighbor is self-centeredness. Self is the greatest enemy that this Christian has. This is a far greater enemy then Satan. Loyalty, whether to God, or to one’s neighbor is impossible until one learns to deny self. Beyond self there are many negative character qualities that are counter-productive to loyalty. Unbelief is among these. Just how can one be loyal to either God or man when the initial one is not able to believe? Confusion and ignorance is yet another. Not being able to conduct one’s self using a clear understanding will affect one’s capability to perform in a loyal manner. For this reason God has because of the Christian the mind of Christ, that by operating in the mind we might be able to conduct ourselves with clear and sound thought